This is a weekly feature on the NMA Blog, running each Friday, where we highlight seven of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.
Maryland: Work-zone speed cameras ticketing drivers even when no workers are present
Speed cameras installed in road construction zones throughout Maryland are coming under scrutiny by motorists and state legislators alike. Certainly, few would appreciate the $40 fine, but the rub for many motorists is that the cameras are set to slap you with a ticket even when there are no workers on site.
Connecticut: Police keep plate-scan data
Police departments are keeping the data from millions of license plate scans that show when and where Connecticut drivers have been — a practice that is raising privacy concerns.
Fed-up drivers fight back against traffic cameras
Traffic enforcement cameras are used in 661 cities around the U.S. NPR’s Corey Dade explains that while local governments argue they make driving safer, some motorists believe the cameras are nothing more than revenue generators.
Missouri: St. Louis’ red-light camera ordinance officially declared void
A St. Louis Circuit Court judge officially struck down the city’s red-light camera ordinance, effectively voiding any outstanding or new citations issued by the city.
California: Lawsuit filed against red-light camera operator, Victorville
A class-action lawsuit against Victorville and its red-light camera program alleges vehicle owners’ due-process rights were violated and seeks millions of dollars in damages.
Chicago: Aldermen voice disapproval of Emanuel’s speed-camera law
As Chicago’s City Council considers approving Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speed camera-use to issue speeding tickets in Chicago, more Chicago aldermen are stepping forward to question the new law proposal.
Missouri: Bill would standardize yellow-light times
There’s a move in the Missouri Legislature to regulate the length of yellow lights on traffic signals, especially at intersections with red-light cameras.
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